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Person of interest sought by RPD located, arrested

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A man being sought by Roswell police as a person of interest in an ongoing homicide investigation was located and taken into custody late Tuesday.

Chaves County Undersheriff Charles Yslas confirmed Wednesday that Christopher Garcia-Perez, 22, was found in Chaves County.

Garcia-Perez was discovered Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. hiding in a bedroom in the back of a 4600 block of West Van Buren Street residence in the county, Yslas said.

Garcia-Perez was taken into custody without incident on an outstanding arrest warrant on a breaking and entering charge in another case. The Roswell Police Department was subsequently informed of his capture.

Yslas said deputies received a phone call earlier in the day letting them know that Garcia-Perez would be at the residence. When deputies arrived at the address, they made contact with the owners of the property before conducting a search and locating Garcia-Perez.

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RPD investigators had been wanting to talk with Garcia-Perez, a possible witness in a Sunday night deadly shooting. Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the RPD, on Wednesday said no formal charges had been filed against Garcia-Perez in that case.

According to a press release issued Monday, Garcia-Perez was the passenger in a vehicle driven by Angel Raymundo Fresquez, 21, when Fresquez allegedly shot to death 23-year-old JoNicholas Alfredo Aguilar Sunday night in the 1500 block of West Walnut Street. Fresquez was reportedly following a vehicle in which Aguilar was a passenger before the shooting.

When both vehicles came to a stop at the Walnut Street location, Aguilar then approached the vehicle driven by Fresquez. Fresquez allegedly shot Aguilar once in the stomach before driving away. Aguilar was transported to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Officers with the RPD arrested Fresquez Monday at a 500 block of Hickory Drive residence on an outstanding warrant on one count each of second-degree murder and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

The District Attorney’s Office in New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District has filed a motion to hold Fresquez in pretrial detention. Electronic court records state a hearing on the motion is scheduled for today at 11 a.m.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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